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Good morning, welcome to our continuing Olympics coverage on BBC

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One. It is basics of the Games, and they fight was really want to

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remember and safer. Wiggins gets under way. Unbeaten in a time trial

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this year. Here we go. Seven minutes away from a Olympic history.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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absolute Trooper. Go on, son! Here comes Bradley winds up to the

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line. -- Bradley Wiggins. Wigan's goes into the lead. Helen Glover

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and Heather Stanning, we stand up and we salute you. I think it

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should be a rise, Sir Brad. finally the gold arrived, two ended

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up coming at once. Congratulations to Helen Glover, Heather Stanning

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and Bradley Wiggins for clinching chance in the lightweight men's

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four final. Great Britain to face tough competition from Denmark and

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Australia. In the pool, Rebecca Adlington starts her defence of her

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Olympic gold in the 800m freestyle. And there are hopes for another

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cycling gold as Sir Chris Hoy helps get the track cycling under way in

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the velodrome with the team sprint. Here is the Olympic flame burning

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brightly in the cauldron inside the stadium at the Olympic Park. As

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always, there are plenty of ways to what the BBC coverage. By the red

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button you can see live badminton at Wembley with the men's doubles

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quarter-finals, it's an old China affair. Beach volleyball has drawn

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the crowds in at the Horse Guards Parade so far. Today it is the

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defending champions from the Netherlands in action. Fencing is

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the first port of call for BBC Three this morning. It's the

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In that stunning day yesterday, it was great Britain's rowers who made

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Olympic history. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning did it in style.

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Not just leaving their competition far behind in the water, but also

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becoming the first British women and Heather Stanning could be

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booking a front-page on every single newspaper in the country.

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is now, it's not going to be any other time, we've got to produce it

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now. A final chapter of what has been a remarkable story is now

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under way. Seven minutes away from a Olympic history. Already now

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Great Britain have absolutely jumped out of the starting gate. It

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is game on. Great Britain looking fine. They are settling into their

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rhythm. It's an exceptional start from Helen Glover and Heather

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Stanning, they are just storming away. Two-and-a-half years ago,

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they were the spares and the British team. Here, they are on

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track to ground that fantastic fairy-tale story. 1200 metres to go

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up to become the first British women ever to win an Olympic

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British gold in rowing. Look at that, it is simply stunning from

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Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. They move away and they move away

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with such power and grace. Everybody across the way in the

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stadium is on their feet. The flags Olympic gold medal of the 2012

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games. They are making history at Eton Dorney! The last five strokes.

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Great Britain into the record champions. Helen Glover and Heather

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Stanning, we stand up and we salute you. For the British rowing team

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and for the country as a whole. shattered and ecstatic at the same

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time. What a triumph for them. It is Great Britain's first gold medal

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What a fantastic moment. I've just met them earlier, they are very

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lovely. John Inverdale mentioned at the start of that that they'd be on

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the front page of every newspaper and a pretty much are today. John

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didn't know at that point mackerel they'd be sharing the front pages

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with Bradley Wiggins, but there they are together. We are back at

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Eton Dorney today. There are more races to come, but we can also save

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of that golden moment with John Inverdale and Sir Steve Redgrave.

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Steve was sounding so confident about the women's pair yesterday,

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but I did get a bit nervous through the course of the day. You did know

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what you were talking about, Steve. It was never in doubt. Sir Steve

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alongside the year. Is that a good look? I don't know. They were such

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hot favourites. In a sense, all they had to do was to road to their

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potential and they were going to win. Over the last couple of months

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coming up to it, they were the favourites. It was really for them

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to lose it. I just couldn't see them doing it. They had so much in

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hand. The way they did the race blew me away because I thought it

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would be a bit more nervous and not as fluid as it was. The struggling

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with the pressure that was put on them, but they lapped it up and

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blew the opposition away. It was nice and relaxing from our point of

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view, even though we weren't that relaxed watching it. Our boat which

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had stood the best chance of winning gold. After we left here

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and we went off to the barbecue for the friends and family, it was

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interesting how for the eight and also for Helen and Heather, all the

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conversations were about, what now, what now? He retires and he carries

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on? Heather is in the army, I'm sure the army will have a

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considerable say about whether they wanted to go back on active service

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or whether she should carry on growing. It's decision time for a

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lot of people. I suppose what they have to do is walk away for a few

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weeks and then decide whether they are prepared to actually make that

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commitment, because it is monumental. It is. They shouldn't

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have been any thought going into it. Everything is about your final race,

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getting your best performance. That is all that counts. If you can get

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your best performance and you've got a gold medal round your neck,

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those decisions, bit easier. But if you start thinking too early about,

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what is going to happen after the Olympics, am I going to follow my

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career, Wilhite try and do It Again? That is taking away from

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what you are trying to do here and now. That is why it was so apparent

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yesterday, because those athletes probably haven't given it a second

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thought as to what will happen next. Now it is over, I can remember

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after my first Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles, we raced early in

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the morning and were back in the village by 1pm. You think, yes, I'm

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Olympic champion, fantastic! Well, so what, what am I going to do now?

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No, I'm Olympic champion! Your emotions are changing. So today. We

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have genuine gold-medal opportunity at around midday today when the

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men's lightweight four are favourites to secure our second

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gold medal on the water. But who I am Chris Bartley. I struck the

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boat. My job is to get out at the start and do the steering. I'm Rob

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Williams, I sit in the two seed, my job is to keep the peace. Richard

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Chambers, my job is to pour on it. My job is to sit on the ball

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Staying up to watch Steve Redgrave in 2000 at about midnight. It was a

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big deal I could stay up that late. Watching him come away with his

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fifth gold medal was exciting. Michael Johnson with his golden

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shoes down the back straight in 96. 2000 with the Sydney men's, the way

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they rowed that race and the way they performed was outstanding. It

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set the benchmark for British rowing in years to come. It's got

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to be big Steve. He's done so much for the sport. To come off our

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races and then be interviewed by him is a pretty big deal. Steve,

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you were very impressed. I was very impressed. My grandad got me into

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sport. He was a boxer and they'd be a competitive person. At the

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Olympics, it's different from any other event I've been to. And a

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British one is different to any other Olympics. Before the first

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rays, pretty nervous, shaking, felt like I wanted to throw up. Pretty

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awful. I didn't believe I'd be an Olympian. I thought I'd get ill and

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injure myself. But to be sitting on the start line for the heat, do I

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get down to the finish line? I am an Olympian. The negatives are you

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don't mind what you say to each other but at the end of the day you

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are brothers and to love each other. Our relationship is better out of

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the boat and in the boat until the very last moment. They will try to

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get me across that finish line first, I would do the same for them.

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We are friends, I reckon. I will wait for their answers! Out of boat,

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grade, in the boat, 90 % of the time is great. Rowing is a bit like

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water torture, every now and again it gets to you. I probably have the

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reputation for being the norm in one. I'm not afraid to speak my

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mind and I don't really care how they feel after arrived on that.

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get on great of the water. We spend so much time together and the party

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had any arguments, even the brothers. When we are on the water

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we have a job to do but we are great mates, I'm sure we will still

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keep up and go out for a drink with each other. Those are the four men

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in the boat. While you were watching that, this was going on

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here. A dramatic reconstruction. The super slow-motion of our five-

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times Olympic champion removing his sideboards. A pain! You are used

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pain. Bradley has taken my record and caused any pain with the

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sideburns as well. A great performance by Bradley. Amazing.

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I'm sure he is going to get well decorated over the coming months.

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Nothing original to say, but the support on the streets was amazing.

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Now to these guys. The dynamic in the boat is very interesting.

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Having one person, the elder Chambers brother, who is the

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firebrand, the guy who is shouting and screaming the whole time. Did

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you have one like that? Yes. James. James was the one that was never

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satisfied with the way the training was going. Everything was never

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good enough. But you have to have bat balance. I think between matter

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and I it when we were in the pair, Matthew was the slightly positive

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one, I was the slightly negative one. When we went to the four we

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were still pretty similar. James was very negative. Tim was very

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positive. We came off the water every training session, it would be

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all doom and gloom, we are not going fast enough, how can we beat

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the Aussies? Tim would say, actually, some bits were quite good.

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Even if we did have a bad session, we would finish on a positive stage.

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You need that balance. If it's all never do all the time, the positive

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ones and the boat, it grind them down after a while. Do you think

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they will win today? I think they will. They conducted themselves

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fantastically. They've looked the part by the way through. Even

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though the lightweight fours are very close, the game to semi-finals

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is tough. Getting through to the semi-finals is even tougher. Then

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the final, any one of those boats know if they have their day they

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could win. But I don't think that anybody is going to beat our guys.

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I can't be as positive as I was yesterday about the girls pair, a

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very different situation, but I think they're class will show. I

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The women's eight, chances minimal? Bronze-medallists from last year, I

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cannot see them pulling at off this year. 5th or 6th, sad to say, I

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hope I am wrong on that. From what they have shown this season, I

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don't think so. And Lucas and Tomkins? That could be a really

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interesting one. I think they could win it, they could come last. I

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think they will get a medal, probably around bronze. Any race

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where somebody could win it for comes last, that promises to be the

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best contests today. A quick word about Chris Hoy, another gold medal

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prospect. Another one to go past my record, slipping down the list! I

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know him really well, he is a great guy, not doing the three events as

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he did four years ago, but he has got great chances in two, hopefully

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he will win two gold medals. One of the most remarkable things from

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Eton Dorney is that we have three semi-finals today, including the

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men's coxless four, going against their great rivals, the Australians,

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that is our first live race at 10:10am. If the three British boats

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going in the semi-finals today or managed to qualify for the finals,

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or 13 British boats who have taken part in the regatta will have made

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it through to the finals. There are only 14 categories, 13 qualified,

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and that would be a huge achievement.

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We will be waiting for your own Bradley Wiggins tribute later today,

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you never know, John, if you follow in his footsteps. His contribution

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and performance of a successive Olympics means he will be a very

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special analytic person to Great Britain. Back to Eton Dorney in the

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run-up to those finals, and we will be showing you pictures of Bradley

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Wiggins' amazing win yesterday. The beach volleyball is under way at

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Horse Guards Parade. Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil are in

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action, taking on the unbeaten Latvians, Martins Plavins and Janis

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Smedins in Group A of the tournament. The top teams progress

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along with the three ranked he will have to win a lucky loser matches

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to progress to the last 16. That is how it works, and at Horse Guards

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The Latvians took the first set very convincingly. Nummerdor and

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Schuil, one of the teams that works so well together. They displayed it

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in at point. Schuil is 6 ft 8, a massive presence at the knight, the

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Latvians are only 6 ft 3, but he would not know that on the way they

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The Latvians have been dealing with that speed, and again Plavins with

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a perfectly placed attack. He left Nummerdor stranded at the back of

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the Dutch defence. The Latvians trying to stretch out a comfortable

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Smedins drives the ball into the back of the Dutch court. And the

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frustration between Nummerdor and Schuil of Holland is palpable as

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they called a time-out to try to The Latvians are immaculate at the

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weaknesses, both teams and defeated up to this point. While this match

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will only decide first and second in the groove, it will give them

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their seeding for the round of 60 in. -- Group. There is a real sense

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that the Dutch are having some of their weaknesses exposed. At the

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start of his game, I would have said the Dutch were one of the most

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well-rounded sights. Nummerdor and Schuil complement each other very

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well in terms of flair and technical ability. But the Latvians,

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like modest stonemasons, just get on with their task. They chipped

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They called the time-out in the hope that it would upset the rhythm

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Dutch. They are at sixes and sevens A cuts shot from Nummerdor. The

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Dutch regain their composure and a A stinging spike from Nummerdor.

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You can see how much that means to him. Interesting talking to

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Nummerdor yesterday, he said that despite the phenomenal atmosphere

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Downey at Horse Guards Parade, unless it is a really long rally,

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you do not hear the crowd noise, Ba, a perfectly placed spike from

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Smedins right into the corner. And every time the Dutch try to get

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back on top, they find a Latvian They're lovely spite to finish, not

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too much power, just well placed at the back of the court. -- a lovely

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Page versus experience here, 74 is the combined age of the Dutch. --

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page. Just 67, 62, sorry, 52, 52 is the combined age of the Latvians,

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so a huge difference there. But certainly it is the Latvians

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dishing out the bigger volleyball lessons at the moment. That was out,

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The Nummerdor was just long on his attack, and the Dutch are really

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struggling to create the form that we saw in their first two match is.

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Not the way they will want to end the round robin stage of the beach

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volleyball. The Latvians, however, looking very polished. Great block

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And the Dutch digging out every But Latvian weights and measures

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have done their homework, and they seem to have sized up the Dutch

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very well. Detach from Smedins means that the Dutch will take the

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point. -- the touch. But it is six- 11, this is a carbon copy of the

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first set, the Dutch picking off a point or two here and there, the

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Latvians seem to find their tax largely unanswered. -- their

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Plavins again finding room around the block of Richard Schuil at the

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net. Taking a look at the statistics, phenomenal 22 successes

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60% success rate! Schuil with the Maybe the Dutch are not feeling the

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pressure this morning, knowing that Smedins with a lovely cut Shard.

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The set from Plavins put him right in the corner there and gave him

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the angle, and that makes it very Schuil, having recycled the ball,

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sends it back into Plavins, who cannot get anything on it. 8-13 as

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So the Dutch working hard but seen very little on the scoreboard for

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their tiles. The Latvians, however, very, very comfortable, 13-8 in

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this second set, they took the first set 21-14. Neither team

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really working at hard at the net. They seem to be pulling away from

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the net and opting to try and dig these attacks away, just three

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blocks from the Latvians, one from the Dutch, which when you consider

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that Schuil is 6 ft 8, he should be getting to do more work at the net

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there. 10 days from the Dutch, though, and they have all come from

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Reinder Nummerdor, the number one in the Dutch team. That is Schuil,

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the number two. He needs to up his work rate at the net, I feel. The

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After the time out, though, the Dutch will open this. Oh, a massive

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smash from Smedins, burying that ball like a turtle burying its

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eggs! They are not going to find that for three months. And it will

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only be when a lot of little turtles crawl out of the sand here

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Somehow, Plavins gets down to that. Saying that the ball had grounded

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before Plavins got under that. Fantastic acrobatic day. So Schuil

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finally making some headway with the block. Apparently the ball had

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hit the sand first. From the angle I was watching, I could not see it.

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Greece tried to send him back with interest, but he overcooked it

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slightly and it went along. -- A lovely attack from Nummerdor. The

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Flag stays down. The Dutch finally getting their teeth into this

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second set. The deficit down to just three, and the Latvians called

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a time-out. They sense a growing The Latvians have been together

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The Latvians have been together since 2009. They were the surprise

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package of the 2011 World Champs, when they made it all the way

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through to the semis. It says a lot about the fact they like this

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tournament play. They are playing week-in, week-out. On a bad week

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they can put it down to experience and start again the next week. But

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when you have these big tournaments, they proved they mean business.

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They have only ever managed a second on the world tour. Whether

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they can make the podium here at London 2012 is debatable. But right

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now, in the pool status, they've Plavins. He again exercises the no

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Obviously Nummerdor didn't have a That is right on the line for

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Shaul finally gets a block on up there. -- Schuil. He just hasn't

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His Richard Schuil just a late Did it come off the Net? It doesn't

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matter. The line judge has called Plavins did not move a. The Dutch

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meteorite. Blazing its way into the Shaw has finally found his form. --

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show. He's finding some credit at the net against Plavins. The Dutch

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back within a point, just when they the ball was clean. It looked as

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though Richard Schuil was trying to kiss the referee's ft. There! I

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think he's given the point to the Dutch. No. It is a letter being

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frustration into that serve, but Plavins takes advantage. -- Richard

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attack there. But again, the Latvians have shown this patience

:33:29.:33:39.
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tidy shot was sent to the back of the Latvian court. Not too late by

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delicate little shot into the corner there. The beach volleyball

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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point. The Dutch are under the the Earth every second - you just

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the angle he wanted. It bounced off the net. The Dutch live to fight

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Latvians have put this into bed in two sets. A fantastic statement of

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intent from Smedins and Plavins that has exposed the weakness in an

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otherwise, up to this point, A win from Latvia over the

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Netherlands. Both of these teams have done very well in this

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tournament. They have been going into this match both unbeaten. This

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is still the pool stage of the If you want to carry on watching

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the beach volleyball, press your red button now. Next on court will

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be the Brazilian men. Later today, Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney will

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be playing their decisive match for Team GB. On BBC Three, the live at

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fencing continues with Britain's trio in action against the lowly

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ranked Egypt, for a place in the Let's bring you a chance to relive

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the second of Britain's golden moments of these Games. It came

:37:37.:37:40.

courtesy of a man who'd already had a stunning win this summer at the

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Tour de France. At the time trial yesterday he stormed to a new

:37:44.:37:54.
:37:54.:38:34.

time-trial. Can Team GB get gold? compact style. There's the time to

:38:34.:38:44.
:38:44.:39:02.

left-hander, the crowd are roaring him on. Here comes from. The run up

:39:02.:39:06.

in the Tour de France goes into the lead. The man hasn't lost any

:39:06.:39:12.

fluidity at all, Bradley Wiggins. He is poetry in motion. Here comes

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Tony Martin now, driving for the line. 51.21, he's in the gold medal

:39:18.:39:23.

position. Here comes Wiggins now. Bradley Wiggins, the winner of the

:39:23.:39:27.

Tour de France, the holder of three gold medals in the Olympic Games -

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he's got six medals to his credit in the Olympics and it's looking

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like it's going to be gold today. Bradley Wiggins up to the line.

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Bradley Wiggins is the Olympic champion! It is gold for Bradley

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Wiggins. His fourth gold medal and the 7th medal won in the Olympic

:39:47.:39:57.
:39:57.:39:59.

Games. He is the greatest British will ever top that now. What a

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month it has been, I've won the Tour de France and the time trial

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at the Olympic Games. It's never going to get any better than that.

:40:06.:40:11.

It had to be gold today or nothing. What's the point in having seven

:40:11.:40:15.

medals if they are not the right colour? The main one is No. Four,

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I've got to carry on to Rio now and go for number five. Just to be

:40:19.:40:23.

mentioned in the same breath as people like Steve Redgrave, it is

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an absolute owner, Sir Chris Hoy and that. To be up there with those

:40:28.:40:35.

guys as a British Olympian, it is It is very special for us all. With

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me now was Chris Boardman. One of the lovely moments yesterday was

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Bradley Wiggins saying watching you in Barcelona was one of his

:40:43.:40:48.

inspirations. Very nice. It was him who got me back into Pro Cycling. I

:40:48.:40:51.

was asked to come and have a chat with this young lad who was going

:40:51.:40:57.

in the wrong direction to see if I could do anything about it. When

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you're watching yesterday, a lot was expected of Bradley Wiggins,

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but the scale of his victory was incredibly impressive. It's been

:41:03.:41:08.

that way for the last five weeks, the Tour de France and then on to

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the Olympic Games. I'm sick of saying the word unprecedented but

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it is unprecedented, this period but cycling. We'll never see their

:41:17.:41:21.

like again. Really? Well, just the odds of having all this come

:41:21.:41:28.

together at one time is so hard. Him winning by 42 seconds, you know

:41:28.:41:31.

this board Inside Out, that is a big margin. A very healthy margin.

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But he has indicated he hasn't lost a long time trial at all this year.

:41:36.:41:40.

He's been on this kind of form. But to deliberate when it is expected

:41:40.:41:43.

is something else again. He can clearly deal with pressure. He says

:41:43.:41:47.

he doesn't think it will be this good again, but he also says he's

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going to carry on to Rio. Do you think he can maintain this level of

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performance? We have to cut him some slack, in the heat of battle

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he said that. I think he's capable of doing it if he wants to, but

:42:00.:42:04.

Ball Year's is a long time for any athlete. Bradley, as we've seen

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with seven medals, has been around an awfully long time in this sport,

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but if he wants to do it then there is no reason why not. It depends on

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the level of commitment he has because it takes a lot out a view

:42:14.:42:18.

to compete at this level. Yes, I think you will do well to take

:42:18.:42:22.

stock, and ensure he well, back off after this and I just what's

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happened this summer. And also what he wants to do next. One of the

:42:26.:42:31.

challenges of being be successful is how you stay that hungry when

:42:31.:42:34.

you've achieved everything that you set out to. What about Chris

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Froome? It's been a great summer for him and success for him

:42:37.:42:42.

yesterday. Second in the Tour de France. Imagine if there was no

:42:42.:42:45.

Bradley Wiggins, he'd be one of the greatest British sports people that

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we've ever seen, certainly this year. Second on the podium for the

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time trial as well. Fantastic performance. But he will get his

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An amazing, historic moment for Bradley Wiggins, 7 Olympic medals,

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one more than Sir Steve Redgrave, who still tops the table in terms

:43:08.:43:13.

of gold medals. Sir Chris Hoy as four, but that could change this

:43:13.:43:23.
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evening as he defend the men's team We are finally here, you know, it

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seems like a long time coming, we have been talking about it for so

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long, it is great to be here. going to take something special to

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be the French, the Germans, the Australians. The standard is high,

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it is very close. If you look at the World Championships, the

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Aussies were not expected to win, but they beat the French. It is a

:43:58.:44:05.

different competition, very short recovery between the rides.

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Obviously, you have to get to the final, so you cannot hold anything

:44:08.:44:14.

back, but it is about who can hang on to that. The final may be slower

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than the second ride, so it is about recovery, about the gap in

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between. We will celebrate any medal, it would be a significant

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achievement, but if you are able to medal, you are able to win. So this

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is the start of the track cycling with all the focus on the Velodrome

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in the Olympic Park, how do you rates Chris Hoy's chances? Good,

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but it is so close, he is right. We saw that at the World Championships

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where they medalled in five of the Alan egg events, so they are in the

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hand, but it is so close. The debt in competition has really come on,

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Australia have come into the fold along with France and Germany, so

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it is going to be very close. is one of these teams from which

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much is expected because of their performance in Beijing. Very macho,

:45:06.:45:16.
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and a lot has happened since then. -- very much so. A lot will depend

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on it Philip Hindes to get the team off to a good start. It will come

:45:23.:45:27.

down to him. A 6:20pm this evening, that is the key moment, the men's

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final. Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton won the World Cup inside

:45:33.:45:39.

the Velodrome last February, and today they renew their rivalry with

:45:39.:45:47.

the Australians. Can they triumph We are in a great place at the

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moment, and when we got our strengths together, it can be

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fantastic. It is just going to be really exciting to see what we can

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pull together, we are both going faster than ever in our lives.

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at last, a fantastic contest, and the result goes to Great Britain!

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That is a new world record! We have got such fond memories of the World

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Cup, we did such a great performance there and really

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stepped up our team performance. It is going to be so exciting. Well,

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in Melbourne, I got a virus, which no athlete wants to get sick a week

:46:28.:46:35.

before their events. Varnish has not backed that ride up, and it

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looks like Pendleton is under pressure to get the bronze. China

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take bronze. The team sprint, my position, you know exactly what you

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have to do, there is a countdown, it is always exactly the same, you

:46:48.:46:53.

do it in training every week, 12 or 14 times, so you know what to

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expect, so you have just got to get out of the gate well, have a decent

:46:57.:47:05.

start and deliver at high speed. am so pleased to have chess as my

:47:05.:47:09.

team-mate, because she is going so well, better than she was at the

:47:09.:47:14.

worlds, so we have moved on. It has my dream to be in the Olympics, and

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now I want to do my job, I am really excited about it. The crowd

:47:18.:47:23.

is hopefully going to get behind us and give us an extra boost. It is

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really good times, my face will be aching because I have been smiling

:47:26.:47:32.

so much. Let's hope she carries on smiling. How tough is it going to

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be for Victoria Pendleton? She has not had the easiest of roads since

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Beijing. No, and her performances have varied. The test event he was

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fantastic, and they broke the world record. Then we heard that Jess

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Varnish got slightly ill, below par for the World Championships. It is

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so close in that event. I think the Germans are the favourite pairing.

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I think we can expect more records here. When you look at Jess Varnish,

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how much potential has she got? She is a relatively new face to people.

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She has come on in leaps and bounds, and she will have to be the best

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she has ever been. If she is, they could take the gold medal here. She

:48:16.:48:19.

has coped with the pressure incredibly well, to know that your

:48:19.:48:23.

Olympic eventer is one lap of the track in a four years, it is a lot

:48:23.:48:29.

of pressure. It is incredibly intense now, they go from one race

:48:29.:48:34.

to another. Yes, it is a packed schedule once they start. The whole

:48:34.:48:38.

team sprint event will be over tonight, and it is what they

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trained for, it is the same for all the teams, they have to learn to

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back up. There is a particular rivalry between Victoria Pendleton,

:48:46.:48:51.

Jess Varnish and the Australians, but you say the Germans also.

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the German team were particularly good at the World Championship, and

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that will bolster their confidence coming into the Olympic Games.

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is all going to be happening tonight from six o'clock, you will

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be any velodrome. Qualification as well, we could see a world record

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go there. Lots to look out for at the rowing, so let's get back to

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Eton Dorney and John Inverdale. The sun is beating down, we have

:49:17.:49:22.

been so lucky, there has been some bad weather for the road races, but

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we have not seen it here. We have seen dark clouds but they have

:49:26.:49:30.

skirted around us, which is just as well, because I'm sure you are

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aware of the whole expanse of the course, there is no coverage for

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anybody under any of the grandstands, so the only concern is

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sunstroke more than the rain. What is the time now? 15 minutes before

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the big race today from a British perspective, away from the men's

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lightweight, the duel, if in advance of these games you were

:49:51.:49:56.

looking up at one or duel that was the real battle of the giants, the

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rumble in the jungle, it is the men's coxless four, Britain against

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Australia, and they have been drawn against each other in a semi-final,

:50:03.:50:07.

which some people were disappointed about, because they did not want

:50:07.:50:11.

them to meet until a final, but it throws up fascinating tactical

:50:11.:50:15.

issues about two tries and he does not. We are not talking about

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Korean badminton players, but keeping your powder dry before the

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event itself. What will happen? do not know, but but boats will

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want to win, put a marker on to show that they will win the gold

:50:28.:50:31.

medal in two days' time. But you do not want to hurt yourself doing

:50:31.:50:37.

that. Getting into race pace, that is OK, that is what you train for,

:50:37.:50:40.

but when you have to push really hard in the last 500 to secure a

:50:41.:50:44.

victory, that is what you do not want to do. I have been in this

:50:44.:50:49.

situation a couple of times, and if you make a marker early in the race,

:50:49.:50:52.

the other ones will say, we will save it for the final. But if you

:50:52.:50:55.

do that, it is throwing the momentum right the way across to

:50:55.:51:00.

the crew that wins, so both of them will want to win, and it will be

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interesting, really interesting if one of them does not bother at all,

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just goes off 10 or 15 strokes, make sure they qualify. It would be

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interesting, but no, it could be a very big could be, whoever wins

:51:15.:51:18.

this race could be the one to take the gold medal on Saturday.

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intriguing prospect coming up in less than 15 minutes' time. We will

:51:24.:51:27.

leave our little bandage point by the finish line and find Matt

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Pinsent somewhere around the lake here. -- the vantage point.

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I have been joined by two nervous fathers, Dave Page and John

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Townsend. Your daughter is rowing in the women's eight and your son

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is in the men's double. Let's just start with how you are feeling this

:51:46.:51:51.

morning. How are the nerves? Jangling a bit but quite positive.

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The women's eight have got a good chance, I think Natasha will be

:51:55.:52:00.

very nervous about Sam going out first, because his race his first.

:52:00.:52:06.

Tell us why it is important that I brought you two together. Well, it

:52:06.:52:10.

will determine the nature of my speech! I am writing a speech for

:52:10.:52:14.

their wedding on 22nd September, which is the event of the year, you

:52:14.:52:18.

know. We are very much looking forward to that, get this out of

:52:18.:52:23.

the way first, that is the main thing. This is a big combination

:52:23.:52:27.

for Sam, Olympics and wedding, whose idea was to combine the two

:52:27.:52:33.

into one easy to digest the weeks?! I think it was their idea, to be

:52:33.:52:39.

honest. My other son was married earlier in the year, so two

:52:39.:52:45.

weddings and the Olympics, a bit of an ordeal all told! Sam's chances,

:52:45.:52:50.

the double is going really well at the moment. Yes, Sams said before

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the Olympics started, and so it proved in the heats and the semis,

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there was 10 boats that could get a medal, and I was more nervous in

:52:58.:53:02.

the semis, I just wanted him to get to the final, and so it proved.

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There was some very good boats what got knocked out in the semis, and I

:53:07.:53:14.

just looked at the B final and it is worthy of an A final, so I am

:53:14.:53:19.

just happy he is in the A final. Good luck, James, and good luck to

:53:19.:53:23.

you, are you paying the bill? have shared it out, actually, we

:53:23.:53:28.

got on very well indeed! Very democratic to share the bill at a

:53:28.:53:33.

wedding. We will be keeping an eye on Eton Dorney, because the men's

:53:33.:53:37.

four semi-final happens at 10:10am, a very famous boat for Great

:53:37.:53:41.

Britain which has delivered at successive Olympics.

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Now to the judo, and the judoka has over at the XL have a VIP in the

:53:47.:53:51.

crowd, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be there. Apparently

:53:51.:53:55.

this is his favourite sport, so we are going to see how they are

:53:55.:53:58.

getting on right now. James Austin of Great Britain has had a very

:53:58.:54:08.
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tough draw, because he is up levels around the ExCeL. The

:54:16.:54:21.

arrival of the 28-year-old from Staffordshire, James Austin, up

:54:21.:54:30.

against that man, the Japanese, Takamasa Anai. The 2010 world

:54:30.:54:36.

champion. James Austin first started to formulate the dream of

:54:36.:54:39.

representing his country at the Olympics when he watched the

:54:39.:54:44.

Atlanta Games on television. Now we are watching him in London, and he

:54:44.:54:48.

is an Olympian. Another of the British fighters with a really

:54:48.:54:54.

tough draw here. The Japanese is a top technical fighter. James Austin

:54:54.:55:04.
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for his mum had to call himself an Olympian. For those wondering why

:55:06.:55:10.

so many British players have got so many of the top seeds, it is

:55:10.:55:14.

because none of the Britons have been seeded coming into this. They

:55:14.:55:19.

have been exposed to the best players from the start. None of the

:55:19.:55:23.

Brits manage to get the top eight seeding, so it is the lack of the

:55:23.:55:28.

draw, or the bad luck of the draw, you just get thrown in anywhere.

:55:29.:55:38.
:55:39.:55:52.

Yeah, up against a former world at the Jubilee World Cup. He has

:55:52.:56:02.
:56:02.:56:12.

strong arm, and again. -- there egos. Austin does not quite match

:56:12.:56:16.

up to the biggest hitters, top of the list is the bronze medal at the

:56:16.:56:23.

World Cup event in Liverpool last year. His parents first took him to

:56:23.:56:28.

his local judo club, a famous club in Benylin -- in Birmingham, to

:56:28.:56:33.

toughen him up. He was seven and by his own admission a bit of a softie,

:56:33.:56:39.

quite quiet. I defy anyone to call in a bit of a softie these days,

:56:39.:56:45.

they might come off second best. James Austin in blue. A good start

:56:45.:56:49.

from James Austin, the Japanese has taken a penalty for being passive.

:56:49.:56:55.

James has managed to wrap at the arm and get the attacks in first. -

:56:55.:57:05.
:57:05.:57:20.

keep doing 40 has been doing for the first couple of minutes. It is

:57:20.:57:27.

an enormously competitive division. We already saw the top seed from

:57:27.:57:34.

Kazakhstan being dumped out in the first round. The rankings are not

:57:34.:57:44.

in favour of Great Britain but if an opportunity comes along, the

:57:44.:57:53.

Japanese can find himself on his back just as quickly.

:57:53.:57:58.

He needs to keep doing what he was doing in the first couple of

:57:58.:58:08.
:58:08.:58:10.

minutes of the fight. Into the second half of the fight.

:58:10.:58:20.
:58:20.:58:39.

Both with the penalty warning have seen here this week. Only

:58:39.:58:49.
:58:49.:58:56.

three have managed to win their contest. And James has gone down.

:58:56.:59:06.
:59:06.:59:14.

He needs to defend the arm. The referee brings of fighters back to

:59:14.:59:22.

their start position. The world champion from Japan, Takamasa Anai,

:59:22.:59:32.
:59:32.:59:57.

round match. Austin needs to get his grip. Doing really well to stay

:59:57.:00:07.
:00:07.:00:07.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

:00:07.:00:56.

nothing to lose in his last 30 he had to go for it. He took one

:00:56.:01:03.

last deep breath before he pulled himself back up there. But the

:01:03.:01:13.
:01:13.:01:13.

problem has just become a double problem. He now needs a significant

:01:13.:01:23.
:01:23.:01:44.

many of the British judo players this week has come and gone. In

:01:44.:01:54.

fairly rapid fashion. James Austen adds his claim to a list of British

:01:54.:02:03.

adds his claim to a list of British fighters beaten in the first round.

:02:03.:02:08.

Very disappointing therefore James Austen, his first match of the

:02:08.:02:14.

competition and he ended up against the world champion from Japan. So a

:02:14.:02:19.

very tough talk indeed and he ended up being defeated there. It is

:02:20.:02:25.

tradition that by this stage in the morning we have to check in on the

:02:25.:02:31.

aquatic centre. Clare Balding and Mark Foster are there. I was

:02:31.:02:34.

speaking to Ryan Lochte's Mother this morning and both his parents

:02:35.:02:42.

are swimming coaches. It is not surprising. He is gifted by his

:02:43.:02:49.

physique and also by parents who were willing to get up so early in

:02:49.:02:56.

the morning. There's so much energy in this place. Even if you wake up

:02:56.:03:00.

feeling a little jaded you come here and there is music and you

:03:00.:03:05.

feel great again. And we had a great British performance last

:03:05.:03:15.
:03:15.:03:20.

night from Michael Jamieson. It was an amazing race. He was just coming

:03:20.:03:29.

back and coming back. You can see the world record line there. Daniel

:03:29.:03:39.
:03:39.:03:39.

Gyurta or in lane number four. It was just amazing. He took that

:03:39.:03:45.

opportunity and swam the race of his life to take silver. We're all

:03:45.:03:50.

realistic about her chances of a gold but Rebecca Adlington is the

:03:50.:03:56.

one most likely to do that. She has been in great form and she is

:03:56.:04:06.
:04:06.:04:07.

coming up to her main event. The 400 is not her race. But this is

:04:07.:04:14.

the one that she trains for. She each mashed everybody in this event

:04:14.:04:22.

four years ago. She is the girl, the one we are counting on. It will

:04:22.:04:26.

be interesting to see what kind of form she is in. We will bring you

:04:26.:04:32.

all that swimming over on BBC Three. So if you want to see Michael

:04:32.:04:39.

Phelps and Lizzie Simmonds, that will be on BBC Three.

:04:39.:04:44.

The rowing semi-finals are almost upon us so we head back now to Eton

:04:44.:04:48.

thorny. Great Britain's Men's Four are in it semi-final action very

:04:48.:04:54.

are in it semi-final action very shortly.

:04:54.:04:59.

In your capacity as flag supremo, we have been discussing the third

:04:59.:05:09.
:05:09.:05:10.

along on the right. It is read up with a yellow star. We do not know

:05:10.:05:20.
:05:20.:05:26.

what it is. Can you help us out? Well, I was thinking East Asia and

:05:26.:05:36.
:05:36.:05:37.

I'm guessing perhaps Vietnam. But is that a rowing nation?

:05:37.:05:42.

I do not know, we will find out. There is a lot of money riding on

:05:42.:05:50.

this! But not as much as there is on the coxless four. We discussed

:05:50.:05:55.

the tactics at play a few moments ago. That will have been discussed

:05:55.:06:00.

last night by the different crews. But in terms of the British war,

:06:00.:06:04.

but they're coming in as underdogs but none the less they are

:06:04.:06:08.

conscious that this is the boat that the British public at large,

:06:08.:06:14.

this is the boat that Britain expects. And that does add to the

:06:14.:06:24.
:06:24.:06:28.

pressure. They come in almost as co-

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:06:38.:06:38.

favourites. The Australians won the last World Cup. The way that they

:06:38.:06:43.

rode in their heats and semi-finals, most people are saying there is

:06:43.:06:52.

nothing between them. These conditions, people are saying it

:06:52.:06:57.

better suits Australia than Great Britain. This will be a fascinating

:06:57.:07:02.

battle of cat and mouse. Dan Topolski and Garry Herbert take

:07:02.:07:09.

over now. Under starter's orders. The bones

:07:09.:07:19.
:07:19.:07:27.

are a way. -- boats are away. All the talk is about Australia and

:07:27.:07:37.
:07:37.:07:39.

Great Britain. I was talking this morning to an Australian

:07:39.:07:43.

commentator and they are going to go flat out to win this race.

:07:43.:07:48.

Alongside that the British will also be going all out to win this

:07:48.:07:57.

race. They have been trying to smooth out

:07:57.:08:04.

the way that they ral, more relaxation, more flow. What is

:08:04.:08:08.

great about the Australians is that they have that flow. Great Britain

:08:08.:08:15.

is trying to do that. So they do not force the catch before the boat

:08:15.:08:22.

has had its full time to run. It will be difficult for Great Britain

:08:22.:08:30.

to keep their nerve. No panic at the moment, they are just thinking

:08:30.:08:40.

about rhythm as they go through. In the last 100 I would say that

:08:40.:08:44.

the British have contained a Australia. The Australians have

:08:44.:08:54.
:08:54.:08:56.

moved into a very efficient with them. We go now into the second 500.

:08:56.:09:05.

This is where the crews will be looking to get real efficiency.

:09:05.:09:12.

Great Britain easing away from the Netherlands.

:09:12.:09:19.

The Australians just easing out to half a length. Great Britain just

:09:19.:09:24.

taking a couple more strokes per minute than that Australia. The

:09:24.:09:32.

Australia are very disciplined. And they're pretty strong and snooze.

:09:32.:09:40.

Great Britain just need to be relaxed and do not rush the front

:09:40.:09:45.

part of the stroke. A big push now from Andy Hodge. They're on their

:09:45.:09:53.

feet, pushing through the finishers. No response from the Australia,

:09:53.:10:03.
:10:03.:10:10.

semi-final of the Men's Coxless Four. The strain the out half a

:10:10.:10:20.
:10:20.:10:36.

length over Great Britain. -- per minute. Great Britain at the 36.

:10:36.:10:41.

This looks quite ominous because the Australians are really

:10:41.:10:47.

stretching out and relaxing. Great Britain are looking good, of moving

:10:47.:10:57.
:10:57.:11:03.

well. They must not get into a mindset where they have a sense of

:11:03.:11:10.

having to beat Australia. They have never been top of the podium.

:11:10.:11:14.

have not won and it is difficult to get them to change their minds set

:11:14.:11:24.
:11:24.:11:25.

and feel that you're absolutely the top dog. Feeling, I can see their

:11:25.:11:32.

wash and I'm not comfortable and O'Dea, it is almost one length.

:11:32.:11:36.

Three-quarters of the way through. We have not really seemed any

:11:36.:11:44.

fireworks. The British have just squeezed through the mark. The

:11:44.:11:54.
:11:54.:11:59.

crowd almost like the 5th person aboard this crew. The British now

:11:59.:12:04.

starting to mount a charge. Australia have not responding.

:12:04.:12:14.
:12:14.:12:16.

is a very good move from Great Britain. They are beginning to pile

:12:16.:12:22.

on the pressure. They feel that cauldron of sound and there are now

:12:22.:12:27.

making a big push. The strategy for both of them is that they really

:12:27.:12:37.
:12:37.:12:40.

want to win is to put them in pole Britain and Australia. Getting up

:12:40.:12:44.

to maximum speed. 150 from the line and finally now, the Australians

:12:44.:12:48.

are pushed in, to forced to respond, but Great Britain are rowing

:12:48.:12:53.

through, Australia and they are doing it in the semifinal. We have

:12:53.:12:58.

remaining 50 metres and that has been a sensational sprint for the

:12:58.:13:00.

line, Australia not responding, Great Britain through in first

:13:00.:13:04.

place, they have taken a very important psychological step

:13:04.:13:09.

forward, for the Olympic final there, but Australia will come back

:13:09.:13:15.

strong. But a fantastic push in, well executed, it was called from

:13:15.:13:20.

the 1500 mark by Peter Reid in the two seat. Andy Hodge respond and

:13:20.:13:24.

they drove on to the line. Not a bad go there. Gary, I have to take

:13:24.:13:28.

back what I said. That was a fantastic attack. You say Australia

:13:28.:13:32.

didn't respond. They were up at 38 strokes a minute. They were

:13:32.:13:35.

responding and there was not much they could do. Maybe they have more

:13:35.:13:41.

in the tank. Maybe they can push on further. But this was a a great,

:13:41.:13:45.

relaxed and powerful surge from the British four as they pushed on past.

:13:45.:13:52.

Well judged, they didn't lose their heads, their rhythm in that middle

:13:52.:13:54.

1,000 metres. They pushed right back. Very proud of them. Very

:13:54.:13:58.

proud of them and I have just been having my worries and doubts, but

:13:58.:14:02.

they have gone away for six weeks to altitude and come back with

:14:02.:14:05.

enormous confidence there. That will be a tremor ral booster for

:14:05.:14:15.
:14:15.:14:16.

them. -- tremendous morale booster for them. A bit of relief, allows

:14:16.:14:20.

himself a boit a smile. As we wait for the full confirmation what a

:14:20.:14:23.

way to go into the final. Great Britain over Australia, and

:14:23.:14:30.

Netherlands third. What a final that promises to be. Fascinatingly,

:14:30.:14:35.

it is all mind game, it is all cat- and-mouse but who is the cat and

:14:35.:14:40.

who is the mouse? Both crew trust line and sailing off for their warm

:14:40.:14:44.

down, nop looking at anyone, they are giving the impression we are

:14:44.:14:48.

coasting, we are fine, we still coasting, we are fine, we still

:14:48.:14:54.

have a lot left in the tank. Are we any the wiser? No. I just don't

:14:54.:14:59.

know, both boats did turn, paddled away, I think, in their hearts they

:15:00.:15:04.

were pumping, they were gaspling for breath but not showing it. Both

:15:04.:15:09.

looked very relaxed. What your gut feel, that the Australians not let

:15:09.:15:13.

them through, but said, listen, fine, you go on, you give it all

:15:13.:15:16.

you've got but we are saving somethingsome. That is the

:15:16.:15:21.

impression that I did get. But, looking at the pictures, is that

:15:21.:15:26.

both boats were trying really hard. The Australians a bit more relaxed

:15:26.:15:31.

at trying hard than our guys at trying hard. Both boats have more

:15:31.:15:35.

to give in the middle heart -- half of the race, it was a battle of

:15:35.:15:40.

Wills, we are going to cross the line first. Has that result changed

:15:40.:15:44.

the balance of power for Saturday? I don't think it has. I don't think

:15:44.:15:50.

it has. It is giving both boats a lot to think about, but I would

:15:50.:15:53.

still put them at joint favourites. I don't think that has split them

:15:53.:15:57.

at all. In terms of the British approach, you know, the Australians

:15:57.:16:01.

went out quickly, they had half a length at one point, the British

:16:01.:16:06.

crew had the option then, didn't they, of taking the foot off the

:16:06.:16:10.

throttle and saying, fine, you carry on and we will come second,

:16:10.:16:15.

but they chose to go with it and they chose to groant them and go

:16:15.:16:18.

through them that. Was a declaration of intent. Would that

:16:18.:16:23.

have been preplanned, or was that on the hoof almost? I think it is

:16:24.:16:28.

preplanned. It was actually very, almost doing the opposite race

:16:28.:16:32.

plans,, it is normally the Brits that blast out, get a lead, the

:16:32.:16:36.

Australians push it through the middle and then hold on to the

:16:36.:16:42.

power that our guys have at the end. The whole process is turned on its

:16:42.:16:47.

head, because the Australians, are the ones that went off first, and

:16:47.:16:52.

our guys, were much less through the middle and our guys went, "We

:16:52.:16:58.

are going to win this" and they went for it. Is there anything in

:16:58.:17:08.
:17:08.:17:10.

for the green light and we are away now in the second semifinal of the

:17:10.:17:20.

men's coxless fours. Really there is nothing in this semifinal that

:17:20.:17:23.

would bother either Australia, or indeed Great Britain. You have to

:17:23.:17:27.

say who is going to challenge those two leading crews, and no-one,

:17:28.:17:32.

really. Greece are good. Greece were second last year or the USA.

:17:32.:17:38.

That is the American's top boat. But, the race is going to be

:17:38.:17:42.

between the two. That was a fascinating race. We are a bit

:17:42.:17:46.

subdued because we are a bit surprised as how fantastically

:17:47.:17:50.

effective was the British push through, Australia were certainly

:17:50.:17:55.

up at 38 strokes a minute. They weren't just letting them through,

:17:55.:18:00.

I thought that was a great fillip for the British four. They looked

:18:00.:18:04.

good. They didn't lose their heads. There is all to play for. Steve is

:18:05.:18:10.

right. Joint there, two very different approaches to rowing and

:18:10.:18:14.

racing, but it will be intriguing for the last, on the last day of

:18:14.:18:18.

racing, here is Germany out in front. Germany who were fifth last

:18:18.:18:25.

year, heading Greece, who were second. Canada at the top of the

:18:25.:18:33.

picture, Romania and the United States. 500 down. Germany out.

:18:33.:18:37.

German crew. In lane number, Germany in lane number four, they

:18:37.:18:46.

were fifth last year. A moment there to reflect also the Bowman in

:18:46.:18:49.

this German four, he won a gold medal in the German eight last year

:18:49.:18:55.

and did not make the eight this year. Interesting his thoughts

:18:55.:19:01.

really, watching his fellow countrymen win the Olympic gold

:19:01.:19:04.

medal yesterday. He was not good enough to get into the eight this

:19:04.:19:08.

time round. This is the British event. This is what we have been

:19:08.:19:15.

winning since back in 2000, and grab her has made it his own. We --

:19:15.:19:20.

grab her. We had a different four representing Great Britain last

:19:20.:19:28.

year. Grobler. He believes the crew he has got now is faster than last

:19:28.:19:35.

year. Two of them went into the British eight, they got a bronze

:19:35.:19:40.

medal yesterday, but here Germany, out in front, fifth last year,

:19:40.:19:44.

being pegged now by the US, the United States, they are rowing

:19:45.:19:49.

rather well, they have a good Longwell connected stroke. They are

:19:49.:19:53.

not hur rid, they are moving well and they could move out in front

:19:53.:19:57.

they are going through Germany now, into the lead. It is America's top

:19:57.:20:07.
:20:07.:20:09.

boat. So we are going through the 1,000 mark. Coming up to the 1,000

:20:09.:20:19.
:20:19.:20:28.

that second 5 hundred. The Greeks too, in lane five, silver medallist

:20:28.:20:32.

from the World Championships last year. They too, will be quick in

:20:32.:20:36.

the closing stages, we have five boats all starting to converge

:20:36.:20:42.

together, six boats in this line up. Canada in one, Romania two, United

:20:42.:20:47.

States three. Germany four, New Zealand six. First three to qualify

:20:47.:20:52.

for the A final. We know that Greece have lots of flexibility.

:20:52.:20:56.

They can move their rate up if they need to, gear change, it will be

:20:56.:21:00.

interesting to see if the US can do that too. They have a steady middle

:21:00.:21:04.

of the race rhythm there. It is looking good. They are watching the

:21:05.:21:08.

field. Will they be able to respond when the attacks come from Greece?

:21:08.:21:12.

Germany probably a bit of spent force now, Canada top of the

:21:12.:21:20.

picture, looking to Troy and make one of those qualifying places.

:21:20.:21:24.

see the crews bunched up here, a wonderful array of technique and

:21:24.:21:32.

the stroke rates at various parts of the course, United States

:21:32.:21:36.

stretching out. 1500. 500 to go, in the second semifinal of the men's

:21:36.:21:42.

coxless four. Dan in one, Romania two, off the pace. In lane three

:21:42.:21:46.

the United States, led through the middle one thousand here, Germany

:21:46.:21:53.

in four, Greece in five. New Zealand in six. Your comment about

:21:53.:21:58.

stroke rate, and the number of strokes per minute, the United

:21:58.:22:03.

States were at a steady 35. Greece were at 40. So now let us see what

:22:04.:22:07.

the flexibility is. They have made a move. They can see Greece's

:22:07.:22:11.

attack. Greece will have gone early. That will be tough for them. Now

:22:11.:22:16.

the United States have gone up. 37 strokes a minute. They have moved

:22:16.:22:21.

up. They should be able to hold Greece off. 250 out. What the white

:22:21.:22:25.

boat at the top. Canada they are renowned for their sprint finish.

:22:25.:22:28.

At the moment it is looking like United States from Greece, Canada

:22:28.:22:34.

in fourth, they need to move up to qualify for the A final. We now

:22:34.:22:39.

have 200 left, 20 strokes, and still the Greeks come and they

:22:39.:22:45.

charge hard. We are 175 from the line. Those three crews are clear.

:22:45.:22:49.

United States, Greece and Germany, clear from Canada. As we come to

:22:49.:22:52.

the 100. It has gone up to 44 strokes a minute, they saw Greece

:22:52.:22:56.

were still coming, they have changed gear, that is effective,

:22:56.:23:00.

they have gone back out to about a third of a length. The crews coming

:23:00.:23:04.

to the line in this second semifinal of the men heeves I have

:23:04.:23:09.

four United States from Greece and Germany. Those three crews safely

:23:09.:23:13.

through to the A final, but it has to be said, with all due respect to

:23:13.:23:18.

those grews -- crews, nothing there Dan, would have any challenge worry

:23:18.:23:21.

for both Great Britain and Australia. I think that is right.

:23:21.:23:27.

But that was an impressive row from the United States. Charlie Cole has

:23:27.:23:31.

been in the American squad here n the eight last year, in the pair as

:23:31.:23:35.

well. He rode for Oxford in the boat race about five years ago, six

:23:35.:23:40.

years ago but he has been in the American squad since then he has

:23:40.:23:46.

just developed as one of America's leading rowers. Looking round in

:23:46.:23:50.

the boats there, I am just looking at Rommel in the two seat. It is

:23:50.:23:55.

not his yob to look round, Unless he is making the calls. They are a

:23:55.:24:00.

quiet boat for an American boat. Usually you would hear some

:24:00.:24:05.

whooping and hollering. It's a semifinal, so they want to keep

:24:05.:24:09.

their focus very clear. Not get overexcited. But that was a good

:24:09.:24:16.

win for them. They went up to 44. 44 strokes a minute, to finish

:24:16.:24:20.

making sure they were clear. A bit nervous, they weren't expecting

:24:20.:24:26.

that, they were well in front. About 500 metres to go. There was

:24:26.:24:33.

Greece mounting that big attack. the final three boats to the A

:24:33.:24:38.

final, USA. Greece and Germany but it still remains Australia and

:24:38.:24:46.

Great Britain as an Ashes showdown. You suspect that everybody else is

:24:46.:24:49.

fighting for bronze and that race is on Saturday morning, obviously

:24:49.:24:55.

see it here live on BBC One. Out and about for us all week here at

:24:55.:24:59.

dorn has been Matt Pinsent. Wonder where he is now. We will hear a lot

:24:59.:25:04.

about lightweight rowing today and it means the crew has to average

:25:04.:25:08.

beneath 70 Kyle lows a man. The maximum any individual can be is 72.

:25:08.:25:15.

Two hours before race time they come in here, and weigh in and our

:25:15.:25:19.

British guys giving it they are coming straight out means they have

:25:19.:25:24.

cleared the weigh up. You man the difficulty, you have to dip down

:25:24.:25:28.

your weight three hours before the race. Sweat down out on the lake in

:25:28.:25:32.

a paddle, and you come in, and you step on the scales, the official

:25:32.:25:36.

marks you off, works out the average and providing you are clear,

:25:36.:25:40.

you have two hours to refuel, puts some fluids and food back in and

:25:40.:25:44.

you go out and race your final. Lightweight rowing is not for the

:25:44.:25:52.

fainthearted. It is lightweight. We are on. I am here. Lightweight

:25:52.:25:57.

are on. I am here. Lightweight rowing we will talk about now.

:25:57.:26:00.

There is the cheer for them in their semifinal and the point we

:26:00.:26:04.

made at the start was that all 13 boats of the British team are

:26:04.:26:07.

hoping to get them through to the final and this is perhaps one of

:26:07.:26:11.

the ones you might have a question mark over. They rowed earlier this

:26:11.:26:16.

week and they should make it through. They looked good in the

:26:16.:26:21.

heat. Very laid back, very confident, Greece is the

:26:21.:26:24.

outstanding performer, but Greece didn't look as good in their heats

:26:24.:26:28.

so it will be interesting to see how they fare here. The lightweight

:26:28.:26:32.

double here, change of cue, this one is supposed to be stroner they

:26:32.:26:35.

didn't show it earlier in the season, but certainly, I think that

:26:35.:26:45.
:26:45.:26:47.

they will get a medal, and but they to get under way. New Zealand in

:26:47.:26:53.

one, Germany two, Great Britain in three. Listen to that. Greece in

:26:53.:27:03.
:27:03.:27:12.

final World Cup reGA gat ta Great Britain finished fou in that,

:27:12.:27:15.

impressive fourth but since thens Sophie Hosking moved into the

:27:15.:27:25.

stroke seat. Kath Copeland moved as well. This change of combination

:27:25.:27:29.

has worked for the favour of Great Britain, so New Zealand in lane one,

:27:29.:27:32.

Germany in two Great Britain in three, Greece are the World

:27:32.:27:37.

Champions, they are in lane four, the USA fourth, at the world last

:27:37.:27:45.

year, they sit in five, Cuba, a new boat, for this Olympic Games, in

:27:45.:27:49.

lane six. There is Kath Copeland coming through the middle and

:27:49.:27:59.
:27:59.:28:12.

Sophie Hosking. Maximum crew year that came third. Kat Copeland

:28:12.:28:22.
:28:22.:28:23.

then came in. It is difficult with the new crew. They've put her in

:28:23.:28:29.

the stroke seat, there were trying to forge her relationship. And

:28:29.:28:34.

since they raced in Munich and did not win there, their coach moved

:28:34.:28:39.

Sophie Hosking, who is such a dynamic athlete, into the stroke

:28:39.:28:44.

seat. And they have really turned their speed around and are really

:28:44.:28:54.

definite contenders. Great Britain currently in 4th

:28:54.:29:00.

position, that is OK. Now in the second five they will look to just

:29:00.:29:08.

get into that rhythm. We expect one push as a consolidator. And that

:29:08.:29:15.

prepares them then to step through the halfway mark. There is not a

:29:15.:29:25.
:29:25.:29:25.

lot in it. This is the semi- final so it is quite a fine balance,

:29:25.:29:30.

doing as much as you can but without really exposing yourself.

:29:30.:29:36.

You do not need to do that at this stage. Greece other world champions,

:29:36.:29:41.

they have been together for a while and they really are affected as a

:29:41.:29:51.
:29:51.:29:52.

double. -- effective. They are punchy and aggressive. They like to

:29:52.:29:57.

get out at the front of the field. Now the great British double just

:29:57.:30:04.

trying to push into second place. I would expect a very good second

:30:04.:30:13.

half from them. There were quite slow taking off. They have given

:30:13.:30:18.

themselves quite a lot of work to do. But perhaps they just have a

:30:18.:30:25.

different race planned for this semi-final. I like the way they are

:30:25.:30:30.

sculling. Great Britain just looking as if they're putting in

:30:30.:30:37.

another push at 900. Greece, the world champions, it clear by one

:30:37.:30:47.
:30:47.:30:47.

length. Great Britain going through in its third place. The German

:30:47.:30:57.
:30:57.:31:02.

group finished third at Munich. Greece did not race at that time.

:31:02.:31:10.

They finished third at Lausanne with Great Britain finishing in 5th.

:31:10.:31:14.

A New Zealand at the top of the picture, there were first in Munich

:31:14.:31:20.

but they're just not in the hunt today. I'm surprised because the

:31:20.:31:30.
:31:30.:31:40.

hold of the world's best time. We do have a cross tailwind. Great

:31:40.:31:46.

Britain now in second place. But the United States of America also

:31:46.:31:56.
:31:56.:31:57.

coming up. More dynamic from the Great Britain Double Scull. Sophie

:31:57.:32:04.

Hosking just jumps on it, it is quick and dynamic. She just picks

:32:04.:32:13.

it up and transferers it really well. And there are showing Greece

:32:13.:32:23.
:32:23.:32:28.

a real race for this semi-final. Coming through the 1,500m mark.

:32:28.:32:38.

Great Britain had a sensational ferric 500. -- third. The 5th

:32:38.:32:48.
:32:48.:32:57.

present debtors the third person in Katherine Copeland and Sophie

:32:58.:33:06.

Hosking, this is at sensational spell. What a well timed race. Even

:33:06.:33:12.

with that slow start their able to force their way right through the

:33:12.:33:22.
:33:22.:33:23.

world champions. This is terrific. Catt Copeland is in her first big

:33:23.:33:33.
:33:33.:33:35.

senior event. And there they are in front of their home ground.

:33:35.:33:41.

year-old Katherine Copeland just backing up her partner, Sophie

:33:41.:33:51.
:33:51.:33:51.

Hosking, 26. Doing a fabulous job. They can just enjoy and executed

:33:51.:33:58.

plan right down to the line. Greece now bet they know they are well

:33:58.:34:06.

defeated. And after what was a slow start art

:34:06.:34:16.
:34:16.:34:17.

on the starting gate, Great Britain putting a mark on his Olympic Games.

:34:17.:34:24.

And there throw by clear water. -- they are through. I had a hunch

:34:24.:34:28.

when I saw them racing in the opening heat and they just looked

:34:28.:34:34.

fantastic. And the change in order just made such an impression. Look

:34:35.:34:42.

at them, and no histrionics, job done, could spell. And now at last

:34:42.:34:51.

that smile. They were just warm down now, just focus for the final.

:34:51.:34:57.

That was splendid. It is a wonderful partnership that is

:34:57.:35:02.

coming up to the boil here. From the timing point of view it could

:35:02.:35:06.

not get any better than this. that be another potential gold

:35:06.:35:14.

medal for Great Britain? Great Britain first, Greece second and

:35:14.:35:23.

Germany there it. Well that was tremendous. It was

:35:23.:35:33.
:35:33.:35:36.

unbelievable. Greece were dominating the circuit last year. I

:35:37.:35:39.

heard on the commentary in their heats that they did not look as

:35:39.:35:45.

comfortable. But when they got out of the start the way they did, but

:35:45.:35:50.

our girls just stuck to their tactics, it looked relaxed and cool,

:35:50.:35:57.

just squeezed through. Obviously the extra man in the boat on the

:35:57.:36:06.

other side. They put themselves in contention for perhaps a gold medal.

:36:06.:36:11.

Catt Copeland by the way, she is very proud of being from the North

:36:11.:36:17.

East. We will hopefully have a word with her shortly. But where will we

:36:18.:36:21.

with her shortly. But where will we find Matthew Pinsent now?

:36:21.:36:24.

brilliant performance from the women there in their semi-final.

:36:24.:36:29.

I'm back in the boating area. These are the women's eights laid out for

:36:29.:36:36.

the final in a couple of hours' time. The Australian boat there,

:36:36.:36:45.

this attachment giving them some feedback for the coach in terms of

:36:45.:36:55.
:36:55.:36:55.

speed and pace. A lot of these boats travel by road. You can see

:36:55.:37:02.

this split here, this will divide into two sections. This is the

:37:02.:37:05.

American boat and it can go in to a shipping container and come across

:37:05.:37:13.

the Atlantic. Over here is the British boat. We hope it is going

:37:13.:37:18.

to do really well in a couple of hours' time.

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I would like to ask a question, why is every boat the same colour?

:37:30.:37:40.
:37:40.:37:41.

I can answer that, all the yellow boats are built by a German

:37:41.:37:45.

manufacturer. You can have different colours but you have to

:37:45.:37:50.

pay a little extra. The Italian boats tend to be. But again you can

:37:50.:37:54.

have them in a different colour. You see them every now and again

:37:54.:38:04.
:38:04.:38:06.

but most people go for the German standard. It is what is in the boat

:38:06.:38:11.

not the colour of the boat. Talking of colours, to return to our

:38:11.:38:17.

ongoing debate about the flags. We were incorrect about that being the

:38:18.:38:27.
:38:28.:38:33.

Greek flag. But of course it is the Uruguay flag. The debate began on

:38:33.:38:43.
:38:43.:38:44.

the flag to the right to that one, with the yellow star. Michelle, you

:38:44.:38:49.

thought it was Vietnam? I am correct and Twitter has confirmed

:38:49.:38:58.

that. I'm hesitant to say too much about flags! But it is interesting

:38:58.:39:04.

to see them all up. It shows which has the nations are in that

:39:04.:39:10.

particular sport. You have actually got something enemies rowers down

:39:10.:39:20.

there somewhere. -- Vietnamese. When you come back to us in a few

:39:20.:39:25.

minutes we will have spotted the Nigerian flag.

:39:26.:39:30.

A lot more rowing action coming up. Just a quick word on the other

:39:30.:39:35.

sporting action under way it right now. Five swimming heats taking

:39:35.:39:40.

place and if you what to watch them go over to BBC Three at about 11

:39:40.:39:46.

o'clock where we will be seeing Rebecca Adlington in her heat. Also

:39:46.:39:53.

the beach volleyball, it is the Brazilians now on the court. They

:39:53.:39:59.

are leading in the game, up one set. They're playing Italy. And also

:39:59.:40:05.

table tennis is under way. The men's singles semi-finals. China's

:40:05.:40:11.

world number one is in action. Justin Timberlake has just treated

:40:11.:40:17.

saying this is his favourite sport! Now has straight back to Eton

:40:17.:40:23.

Dorney and a very busy morning in all those rowing races.

:40:23.:40:27.

After the second semi-final of the After the second semi-final of the

:40:27.:40:33.

women's lightweight double. Into the second 500m now coming up

:40:34.:40:37.

to the halfway mark in his second semi-final of the women's

:40:38.:40:47.
:40:48.:40:48.

lightweight double sculls. Canada and now the closest to us. The

:40:48.:40:58.
:40:58.:41:16.

Canadians other world silver three regattas in the World Cup

:41:16.:41:26.
:41:26.:41:27.

series this year. So there on form. Australia are doing well, putting

:41:27.:41:37.
:41:37.:41:46.

China under pressure. Denmark, China and Canada are the ones you

:41:46.:41:54.

would expect to be up in front. Basle woman of the Chinese crew,

:41:54.:41:58.

she was 5th in the world championships in 2009. We have not

:41:58.:42:03.

really eats seen her since but she has come back strongly this year in

:42:03.:42:11.

his new combination. Looking pretty impressive. She is looking across

:42:11.:42:17.

at Denmark as if just by looking at them she can't slow them down. But

:42:17.:42:23.

all she is doing is slowing herself down. She has that the tendency to

:42:23.:42:27.

glance across. And she is going to miss what is happening with the

:42:27.:42:37.
:42:37.:42:40.

Australia coming up on the other back, three boats to go through the

:42:40.:42:44.

A final. You are looking at the race leader. The main three boats

:42:45.:42:51.

are clear, but Australia, closest to us does have to work. That angle

:42:51.:42:56.

will be deceptive. Never the less, Netherlands in lane two. Watch out

:42:56.:43:00.

for them. In the closing stages some of the crews may falter.

:43:00.:43:03.

Denmark if three. Eighth at the World Championship last year and

:43:03.:43:09.

they have had to work very very hard, just to keep up with China.

:43:09.:43:17.

Sneaking along in lane five, here come the Australian, the angle from

:43:17.:43:21.

Netherlands was deceptive. The boats out clear. 250, 25 strokes

:43:21.:43:26.

remain. It looks like, it is probably not going to change,

:43:26.:43:29.

because the Chinese have reacted well to the challenge from either

:43:29.:43:34.

side of them. And they all know if the wind does kick up it will

:43:34.:43:38.

become more unfair, they need to be in the best to, get the best lane

:43:38.:43:48.
:43:48.:43:51.

they need to be a winner of this varying cross heads down the main

:43:51.:43:56.

part of the course. They come into the wind tunnel of the grand stands.

:43:56.:44:01.

Sheltered quite nicely. China now with the last five or six strokes

:44:01.:44:06.

as they head towards the line, holding off a very strong charge

:44:06.:44:10.

from Denmark, the Danes can not get through China. Chosest to us

:44:10.:44:16.

Australia. They are getting third place. China is in first, Denmark

:44:16.:44:19.

second. Australia third. Those three crews safely through to the A

:44:19.:44:26.

final. Don't see anything, I mean China looked good, there, but I

:44:26.:44:31.

love the gutsyness of the British double sculls as well. They have

:44:31.:44:35.

flexibility. They can cruise at a very good speed without taking a

:44:35.:44:38.

huge amount of themselves, in the middle part of the race and they

:44:38.:44:42.

have that flexibility to change gear, in the last 500. I just think

:44:42.:44:49.

they have a lot of, a lot of ability to play a very good

:44:49.:44:59.
:44:59.:45:02.

strategic race in the final. Good start by the Chinese double scull.

:45:02.:45:09.

Just loving it. Loving being here, performing on the Olympic stage.

:45:09.:45:13.

Wait for the confirmation there. China, Denmark and Australia safely

:45:13.:45:20.

through, looking like a Great through, looking like a Great

:45:21.:45:21.

Britain China showdown in the final. There were three second

:45:22.:45:25.

differential in those two semifinal, but in a sense, you know, you are

:45:25.:45:31.

not racing against the clock, you are racing, so don't read too much.

:45:31.:45:34.

The wind is not consistent. Sometimes it is carrying straight

:45:34.:45:39.

behind and sometimes it is coming across, you will get a big

:45:39.:45:43.

difference, you can't read very much into the times from heat the

:45:43.:45:48.

heat. Before we round up our little flag debate and move on, we can see

:45:48.:45:53.

the flags that, it is blowing across the course quite

:45:53.:45:57.

substantially, so just explain, you know, again, we are conscious most

:45:57.:46:02.

people have probably never been in a boat or rowed, why does that give

:46:02.:46:07.

such an advantage to the boats on the far side? If the wind is

:46:07.:46:11.

blowing as a cross tail, the more wind you have got, the more quicker

:46:11.:46:16.

you are going to go. If it was a cross head you would want to be on

:46:16.:46:19.

this side, on the sheltered side. You want to be in the windy

:46:19.:46:23.

condition, or in the non-windy conditions if it is not helping,

:46:23.:46:27.

simple as that. To finish off the flag thing, one thing we didn't

:46:27.:46:32.

realise, if we move our cam row show you the flags above that --

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camera, is we hadn't realised of course all the flags are in

:46:37.:46:42.

alphabet order, so even if you don't, even you don't know what the

:46:42.:46:48.

flag is you work it out by working out that A is in one end and Z is

:46:48.:46:53.

the other. That is the flag of New Zealand, so NE, goes to NE, Niger,

:46:53.:46:59.

Niger is to the right. So we are not 100% certain but I am guessing

:46:59.:47:02.

it so to the right of that. By process of elimination that is what

:47:02.:47:08.

we think. Here we go with the first semifinal of the men's lightweight

:47:08.:47:14.

double and Zac Purchase and Mark double and Zac Purchase and Mark

:47:14.:47:24.
:47:24.:47:26.

Turner. We are way in the first fb Italy in three, Denmark in four,

:47:26.:47:30.

Germany in five. Japan in lane six, Great Britain come down in the next

:47:30.:47:37.

semifinal. The middle three boats, New Zealand, Italy and Denmark are

:47:37.:47:41.

the crews to watch. They are the ones who should move out and

:47:41.:47:46.

qualify here. Denmark, just dominant four or five years ago,

:47:46.:47:51.

round the last time, didn't end up with the gold medal in the third of

:47:51.:47:57.

the Olympics but they dominated up until then. Italy there, as you are

:47:57.:48:07.
:48:07.:48:14.

seeing, the stroke rower has a new here. New Zealand beaten by Great

:48:14.:48:24.
:48:24.:48:25.

Britain to the gold, they were second. So New Zealand's pair in

:48:25.:48:27.

lane two, the world silver medallist behind Great Britain,

:48:27.:48:33.

Great Britain have beaten them in the early stages. Important

:48:33.:48:39.

psychological scalp there. 500 -- 500 down. Italy, only just, this is

:48:39.:48:43.

a category where the average crew weight cannot exceed 70 kilograms.

:48:43.:48:47.

In the early stages we would see not much in it between the six

:48:47.:48:56.

boats. So a level playing field. Weight plays no impact, everybody

:48:56.:49:01.

the same weight. It is just down to sheer ability and talent. Do you

:49:01.:49:10.

know, I get the foaling that New Zealand has had a surprise return

:49:10.:49:17.

to form for Great Britain. We have had a terrible season. They were

:49:17.:49:22.

just expecting, yes, that is the end of the British, we can focus on

:49:22.:49:26.

winning a gold medal, and they are sculling well, they are in third

:49:26.:49:31.

place, moved into third. They, they would normally blast out, and be

:49:31.:49:38.

leading the field by now. I just feel they, you know, they just

:49:38.:49:48.
:49:48.:49:57.

haven't quite got back to their quickly Italy slipped back there.

:49:57.:50:01.

That was unexpected. They were right up there with Denmark, I

:50:01.:50:03.

expected them to mount quite a challenge, but they have slipped

:50:03.:50:07.

back the a point where it is going to be hard for them to get back

:50:07.:50:11.

into the medals. They were third last year. You would expect them to

:50:11.:50:16.

be up there with this leading group. Denmark coming through the half way

:50:16.:50:20.

mark in this first semifinal, the men's lightweight double scull,

:50:20.:50:24.

coming back to form, they were fifth last year at the World

:50:24.:50:29.

Championship, third in Lucerne, the middle of three regattas, this year

:50:29.:50:36.

they have beaten Great Britain but not at this regatta. Looking pretty

:50:36.:50:40.

strong. These guys running into Beijing four years a -- years ago,

:50:40.:50:44.

they were unbeaten. They had a fantastic run in the last two years

:50:44.:50:49.

into Beijing, and then in the final, that Olympic final, Mark Hunter,

:50:49.:50:53.

Zac Purchase, just stormed there in a way, really knocked them for six.

:50:53.:50:58.

It has taken a while for them to come back. Here they are in this

:50:58.:51:03.

semifinal. Four years on, leading it. But hard to say whether they

:51:03.:51:08.

are going to be... My feel is New Zealand, their traditional sprint

:51:08.:51:14.

and, they don't look pretty but they are fast. That I say as a

:51:14.:51:20.

compliment. Denmark, New Zealand and Germany, closest to us. Looking

:51:20.:51:24.

at the German boat, the German Bowman going in half ap blade early

:51:25.:51:28.

on his stroke there so that is again a disconnect which is

:51:28.:51:33.

unsettling to the crew, he takes a lot of the work on himself, and it

:51:33.:51:36.

mean Thrace not absolutely together, so it means that they aren't

:51:36.:51:40.

getting the best speed they could out of the boat. They are going OK,

:51:40.:51:45.

closest to us, look how early the Bowman is. He is just not following

:51:45.:51:49.

his stroke man, that means the boat is not travelling as well as it

:51:49.:51:53.

could. It is going all right. They will qualify but it is not as good

:51:53.:51:58.

as it could be. 1500 Denmark now. Eased out a bit more, three-

:51:58.:52:03.

quarters of a length over New Zealand and Germany. New Zealand,

:52:03.:52:10.

Germany still not overly safe. Greece in one, eighth last year in

:52:10.:52:13.

the World Championships. Greece have a good history of putting out

:52:13.:52:19.

fast boats for Olympic Games. Greece came second last year.

:52:19.:52:26.

Different boat this time round. -- 2008. Denmark looking pretty

:52:26.:52:34.

impressive. The stroke rower is a funny shape. He sits low in the

:52:34.:52:39.

boat and he looks almost disproportionate, got good legs,

:52:39.:52:43.

standing up, he is fierpbgs but sitting in his boat he looks very

:52:43.:52:46.

short in the stroke seat, but they do move their boat very well and

:52:46.:52:51.

they are right back to form, because there are the world soement

:52:51.:52:55.

list, New Zealand in third place, and Germany, probably going to hold

:52:55.:53:05.

on to that second place. Wonderful scull now from Denmark. Came under

:53:05.:53:09.

pressure in the middle one thousand, but they were able to deal with it

:53:09.:53:14.

as New Zealand mounted the charge, as did Germany, to no avail. Very

:53:14.:53:17.

experienced boat, upping the rate a bit. Going away, something for the

:53:17.:53:24.

crowd. A bit of a crowd pleaser here, rightly so. Again, full

:53:24.:53:32.

Grandstand here at Eton Dorney. Great support here, so Denmark,

:53:32.:53:36.

coming up to the line, they are safely through, one more race now

:53:36.:53:43.

for them. Over the line in second the soement list from New Zealand.

:53:43.:53:53.

Germany get the third qualification spot. That took a bit of puff to go.

:53:53.:53:59.

Over the line, Japan lane any more ber sick. It looks good Dan but

:53:59.:54:02.

breathing heavily. They went up to 40 strokes a minute. They didn't

:54:02.:54:07.

need to. They were well in front. I thought they dominated that race

:54:07.:54:11.

very well. Back to the sort of form they remember, four or five years

:54:11.:54:17.

ago, they did take some time off, and they take have taken a while to

:54:17.:54:21.

get back into shape. Look at that, that is a lovely picture of

:54:21.:54:26.

technique and of a crew moving together. Just flowing, hands

:54:26.:54:36.
:54:36.:54:45.

Look at the wild eyes there. They are great racers, so, just waiting

:54:45.:54:49.

for the final confirmation there, these crew also go round and wind

:54:50.:54:59.
:55:00.:55:04.

down. These crews will go round and Just to say some of the camera work

:55:04.:55:09.

here over the last few days, and I am sure over the next few days to

:55:09.:55:12.

come will be magnificent. It gives you not just a flavour of the

:55:12.:55:16.

racing and a flavour of the event but it gives you a genuine insight

:55:17.:55:22.

into the rhythm of the boats and the skills, and also, of course,

:55:22.:55:26.

the huge amount of power that is required to propel these boats down

:55:26.:55:31.

the course, so I hope it is giving a complete new dimension to the way

:55:31.:55:36.

we have covered rowing in days gone by. So, that was the first

:55:36.:55:38.

semifinal, and here is the second semifinal. We have spoken about

:55:38.:55:43.

these guys a lot over the year, Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, who are

:55:43.:55:47.

the Olympic champions from Beijing, and there they are, and here is the

:55:47.:55:55.

cheer. Interesting on the last heat, is that thinking that Zac and Mark

:55:55.:55:59.

are on form because they meet the New Zealand in their heat, is that

:55:59.:56:03.

New Zealand came second in that and didn't look comfortable. It maybe

:56:03.:56:08.

the danger, that Zac and Mark are on better form than they were

:56:08.:56:12.

racing last two World Cup races, it will be interesting to see how they

:56:12.:56:17.

perform in their semifinal compared to the Danes. Someday have been

:56:17.:56:20.

hugely erratic during the course of this season, let us hope they are

:56:20.:56:25.

on a positive upward curve this is the second semifinal and it is Dan

:56:25.:56:31.

and Gary once more. All the coaches, poised ready to go. Following the

:56:31.:56:34.

second semifinal of the men's lightweight double sculls. Norway

:56:34.:56:38.

in two, Great Britain if three, France in lane four. We have Cuba

:56:38.:56:45.

on the outside, on the flanks in lane one and Portugal and Hungary.

:56:45.:56:49.

Former World Champions the Hungarians in lane six. They are

:56:49.:56:59.
:56:59.:57:14.

under starters order, sebld second Purchase and Mark Hunter lead out

:57:14.:57:18.

of the gates in his second semi- final of the men's lightweight

:57:18.:57:28.
:57:28.:57:31.

double sculls. They really have found some form now in this regatta.

:57:31.:57:40.

It was erratic, their 2012 World Cup campaign. It started off in

:57:40.:57:44.

Belgrade but there were six in Lucerne. Everyone was starting to

:57:44.:57:50.

think the magic had gone but it just could be coming back. I asked

:57:50.:57:54.

Mark about it and he said it was lack of sickness, they just have

:57:54.:57:59.

not done the proper training. They had had some illness during the

:57:59.:58:05.

winter. But I asked Zak Purchase and he said it was lack of timing

:58:05.:58:11.

and that they would pull it together in the last six weeks. But

:58:11.:58:16.

there is a magic in double sculls and they have been able to find it

:58:16.:58:21.

in the last six weeks. They did not have a good season last year but

:58:21.:58:25.

they were able to pull it together in the last race against New

:58:25.:58:30.

Zealand and it looks as if they have done the same thing here. I

:58:30.:58:34.

hope there's not a cumulative effect of them just losing a little

:58:34.:58:40.

bit of overall fitness to deal with the Challenge in the last 500m of

:58:40.:58:50.

the final. Due the first, France second. Great

:58:50.:58:53.

Britain in his third place right now. There will be happy with that

:58:53.:58:59.

start. As they get further down the course their rhythm gets stronger

:58:59.:59:04.

and stronger and with that the conference just flows. They're

:59:04.:59:08.

going into this regatta knowing that they are defending Olympic

:59:08.:59:13.

champions. That just allows you to walk around with your head just a

:59:13.:59:22.

little bit higher. These guys are exceptional athletes. They are in

:59:22.:59:27.

third place. There are going to come through and it is going to be

:59:27.:59:37.
:59:37.:59:39.

smooth. We cannot discount nor way, they are on their tails. -- Norway.

:59:39.:59:49.
:59:49.:59:53.

France also a good boat. The French bow man, that was a look of

:59:53.:00:03.
:00:03.:00:05.

surprise! I think the British double are back on form. Just

:00:05.:00:11.

beautifully connected, tremendous talent in that boat. The French

:00:11.:00:21.
:00:21.:00:21.

have a very nice technique, good accurate pick up of the stroke.

:00:21.:00:28.

the halfway mark in this second semi- final. The crowd appreciated

:00:28.:00:32.

the fact that Great Britain have now moved to the front by a matter

:00:32.:00:40.

of inches. Just executing each and every 500. They are now starting to

:00:40.:00:50.
:00:50.:00:53.

push. They can now start to move a little bit now. France going with

:00:54.:01:03.
:01:04.:01:07.

them. The Cuba hanging on. Norway are good sprint finishers as well.

:01:07.:01:13.

The maximum crew average cannot exceed 70 kg. It is now down to

:01:13.:01:18.

pure talent. Both France and Hungary beat Great Britain in

:01:18.:01:26.

Munich. Friends expected to put them under pressure, make them work

:01:26.:01:34.

very hard. -- France. They can see everybody coming back

:01:34.:01:44.
:01:44.:01:46.

at them. That the Olympic champions are not getting too flustered.

:01:46.:01:51.

is the mark of a very good British team, just fantastically well

:01:51.:02:01.
:02:01.:02:07.

prepared athletes. Great Britain and now out half a length. Into the

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:02:17.:02:32.

last 500m. Mark Hunter closest to impressive. Still the French come

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at them. Of France attacking them hard. It is very hard to defend a

:02:40.:02:49.

world title, and the Olympic title. The motivation that you need, just

:02:49.:02:55.

that improvement in performance. This is tough territory. You can

:02:55.:03:04.

see the pain now on Mark Hunter's face. A little bit of holding on

:03:04.:03:14.

going on now. The blades are coming up a little bit. They are going to

:03:14.:03:20.

go into the Olympic final. The final that they are one of four

:03:20.:03:30.
:03:30.:03:33.

years ago. -- they won. It is the desperate stages. The gritting of

:03:33.:03:40.

the teeth. Coming through to an Olympic final, Great Britain now up

:03:40.:03:47.

to the line, safely into the Olympic final. Followed by France

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and in third place, of Portugal. And Norway squeezed out. Well they

:03:56.:04:01.

did enough in that middle 1000 to get themselves over the line. But

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that will have hurt. But the pain will go away some because they know

:04:07.:04:14.

they have the final ahead of them. France really testing them there.

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Pushing to see what they had in the last 250 metres. Well they have a

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response, they went up to 40 strokes per minute. That was a real

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battle, strategic, tactical, planning the final. A look of

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relief now given the year that they have had. One remaining race left.

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It is an Olympic final, it does not get any better than that. Mark's

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contention about fitness, that will contention about fitness, that will

:04:58.:05:03.

be important. Barely a second between the first three crews

:05:03.:05:12.

there's it promises to be a very tight final. You're trying to cross

:05:12.:05:17.

the line without trying to burn more energy than you need to come

:05:17.:05:27.
:05:27.:05:30.

out so the semi-final can be very tight. I thought they were pushing

:05:30.:05:38.

quite hard. I think they reasonably comfortable during the middle part

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of it. I do not think they liked the pressure they were put under in

:05:43.:05:48.

the closing stages. But they crossed the line first, they are

:05:48.:05:53.

meant Lane on Saturday. And the Olympic gold that they want to

:05:53.:05:57.

retain, they are still in with the chance of doing that. They know

:05:57.:06:01.

what it is like to win on the big occasion so that can make a

:06:01.:06:05.

difference. It can make a difference in a field as tight as

:06:05.:06:13.

this. But seeing them catch their breath, you do not normally see

:06:13.:06:21.

that. Plenty more to come at Eton Dorney today including three finals.

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The men's lightweight four are favourites to beat gold medallists

:06:25.:06:33.

so. Let's go to Matthew Pinsent once again. Well a lot of them vet

:06:33.:06:39.

goes into the whole of the boat and the finish. This is the Dutch crew

:06:39.:06:43.

preparing for their race and some special kind of lotion for

:06:43.:06:53.
:06:53.:06:59.

pollution. Derek Wood, basically! - - Fairy Liquid. A lot of people

:06:59.:07:05.

have been asking why do some crews alternate. This is what the Dutch

:07:05.:07:15.
:07:15.:07:17.

have got here. Two rowers. That is called in tandem. The boat will go

:07:17.:07:24.

straighter if you have that. And also it gives them better rhythm to

:07:24.:07:32.

have two guys rowing next door to each other. It is very strong

:07:32.:07:38.

rhythm and that is what they will need to win that gold medal.

:07:38.:07:43.

why does the vote goes straighter if the rowers are growling in

:07:43.:07:49.

tandem? You have got two pairs, and putting them in the same order,

:07:49.:07:59.
:07:59.:08:00.

that is very strong. Eat your reverse one of them, it is not as

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strong. Why does the boat go and less

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straight in certain combinations? The present in the bow seat has the

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advantage. So the boat will slightly go away from him at each

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stroke. So if you swap them around and do the opposite, you are giving

:08:21.:08:27.

it more equal power throughout the two pairs that you have put

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together. So why would every boat not be crude in tandem? It depends

:08:32.:08:42.
:08:42.:08:51.

on the strength of the -- be crewed. Our boat, we had the speed but you

:08:51.:09:01.
:09:01.:09:04.

want the boat to go straighter and smoother for longer.

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Well back now to Mishal Husain in the studio.

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They are more rowing semi-finals available on the red button. But

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the women's Single Scull is up next and there is no British interest so

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we take a moment to catch up with that swimming. And it is Rebecca

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Adlington defending her 800m freestyle title. She had France in

:09:35.:09:39.

the 400m but there are high hopes in this 800m which is her

:09:39.:09:49.
:09:49.:09:50.

specialist event. The eight quickest times progress to the

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quickest times progress to the final on Saturday.

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Four lengths to go. The crowd going absolutely nuts. Every time she

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pushes off they cheer. First a little surprised at how hard she is

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working. She is a good five or six metres ahead of the New Zealand

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swimmer. Rebecca Adlington getting away bit

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by bit all the way through to the end. A very strong swim. She has 36

:10:43.:10:47.

hours' rest before the final. I think she's pretty sure it will be

:10:47.:10:57.
:10:57.:11:21.

Adlington looking very good indeed. And she is working pretty hard, it

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still using her legs. Really making the water boil behind her. To use

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the phrase crowd pleaser, that is exactly what she is doing. I think

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it could be another gold medal for Rebecca Adlington tomorrow night.

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This is really strong. This is a very good swim indeed. Oh my

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goodness me. 111 hundredths of a second splitting Rebecca Adlington

:12:13.:12:23.
:12:23.:12:40.

the final. It is going to be like two heavyweights. They, their

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pacing is similar, Becky will node to get down to world record. She is.

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She will have to get down to 8.14,, 8.13. Very solid swim. Becky add

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Linton winning that heat. 11 one hundredth of a second ahead of

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Lotte Friis. Eight minutes and 2 is seconds. That sends her into

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fastest qualifier and a very big smile. You are waving at your

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boyfriend. I have not seen him in so long, it is so nice. That was

:13:20.:13:23.

planned? It is so bizarre you don't know what time you are going and I

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could see I was ahead, I would like, come on, post a quick time. I was

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ahead in the 400 and the heat and I only scraped in eighth. I thought I

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am not taking any chances, I have to give it all I've got. I have a

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day rest. I have to rest up as much as I K I am really pleased with

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that. I didn't know what to expect after the heat and the 400.

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looked like an exhibition swim. They cheered every time you turned

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Oh, it is so nice. I can't make out what they are saying but I can hear

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the buzz, the atmosphere and it really does encourage us, this is

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the first time I have been in such a big crowd and it is hopefully

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going to help me tomorrow. You and Lottie have the most amazing

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rivalry and friendship. She is lovely. We have been racing each

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other since our European juniors in 2004, so which have been through

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that scene together. One year I will win, next she will win. I hope

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it doesn't mean I lose this year. I won last year. I will give it my

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off. I don't know what she has been doing, she works hard, so do I. It

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will be about who can get that finish. Finally, what are you going

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to be doing between now, you have 36 hours to rest up, does that mean

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put your feet up oriental swims? Gentle swim. I will go in tonight.

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Have a paddle. I loved coming down last night and sees MJ get his

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medal. It inspired me seeing him do that, so rest up tomorrow, and then,

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it is all about tomorrow night. Moment to make history think.

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Hopefully. Our love is with you and we will swim every length with you.

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Can't be easy to have that expectation upon her but she did

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very well and she ended up having the fastest qualifying time to take

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her into that final for the women's 800m freestyle. That is how it is

:15:19.:15:23.

shaping up for that final tomorrow shaping up for that final tomorrow

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night. Now, you know, you have been familiar with each Thorpe. We have

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had a five time Olympic champion but today we thought, no offence we

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thought one wasn't enough so we decided to bring in another five

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time him ping champion. Welcome to you both. Aaron, how you enjoying

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it? Fantastically. This is a very unique experience. I mean, I am

:15:47.:15:51.

like a kid again. Because you get to join the Olympic, you don't have

:15:51.:15:56.

to get in the pool. You enjoy it when you are an athlete but in a

:15:56.:15:59.

different way, you try to tell yourself, you are soaking it all in

:15:59.:16:06.

but it is hard to, the emotions are so dynamic, and, so being here, as

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somebody who knows at least what people on the deck are going

:16:10.:16:15.

through, but being able to see once again, you know, the fervour of all

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this what the Olympics is on the grand scale of it, it is beautiful.

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You still hold records in the 100m backstroke. How do you feel? That

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could be broken tonight by loctty. Ian has had that experience already

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in the course of the games. I lost. There is nothing we can do about it.

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You can go back in the pool and start swimming again? Tempted?

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Really, it is, I would rather be there and watch it, I think, and,

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when I moved on from the sport, I mean, I forego my, that record any

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way, it stopped being mine, it is only a matter of time. It must hurt

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a bit. No, it doesn't. Really, I don't think it does. Some people

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get caught up and they get a bit of ego in these thing, I take the

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opinion that you are the koes toadian of this record until

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someone else breaks it. -- custodian. It is going to happen.

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Even when they say they will never break it, it gets broken. For ho

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many times I heard that, it is the stuep -- stupidest thing you can

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say. It will be broken. I once thought I owned a race and I got

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humbled and -- humbled. Dramatically. All parts of the

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highs and lows of the experience. We have been talking a lot about

:17:41.:17:45.

your former team-mates, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and we will see

:17:45.:17:49.

them both in the pool. Particularly Michael Phelps who you know really

:17:49.:17:54.

well having swum and trained together. Ryan my age, we went

:17:54.:17:59.

through college together. All of these, they, their experience, this

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is not their first time round, by any means. They are tough. Both

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will be there tonight. Both are not, they are not going to concede to

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the other person, it will be a race, Ryan is coming off the 200

:18:13.:18:17.

backstroke but hasn't, I mean, he is just so tough. Have you spoken

:18:17.:18:22.

to either of them? Yeah, last night. How are they sounding? Great.

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you speak to both of them? Ryan was about to go down into swim his race

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and I was like, have a nice night and he went urgh, I know. He has

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two race on, so he is like.... much contact do they have with

:18:37.:18:40.

family and friends. I was talking to Ryan Lochte mother, I said you

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chatted to him, or have you seen him? She said no, I have only

:18:45.:18:52.

waived to him, that is what happens? It vary, people send my

:18:52.:18:57.

text messages. Most of my family and friends know not to call

:18:57.:19:01.

because I rarely respond. If I want to speak to people I go out of my

:19:01.:19:05.

way to speak, my friends and family, but when, once you are in the team,

:19:05.:19:09.

like, you are kind of surround by your friends and family. But you

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wouldn't be popping out to see them for a coffee. No. It is like you

:19:16.:19:20.

are in this... You are in your zone kind of thing. It is one of those

:19:20.:19:25.

things you can't wait to see them after it or you may, when all the

:19:25.:19:28.

crowds disappeared, you may go and see your mum to give her a hug,

:19:28.:19:34.

that is kind of how it is. There is very little contact. The time with

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them is the reward from when it is over. Not everyone has had

:19:38.:19:42.

individual success in all their events. Overall the team has won

:19:42.:19:48.

more medals in that pool, twice as many, medals as everyone else. As

:19:48.:19:54.

any other country. That is an interest statistic. One thing, our

:19:54.:19:59.

team is consistently strong. I think there are a few arguments for

:19:59.:20:04.

that. But there is also a lot of opportunities in swimming to win

:20:04.:20:10.

medals, and our men's team is very experienced, they have been round,

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and they, they have, it's a better dynamic on that team, I will say,

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and they have said, they have had in so long, and the women's team is

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the best team. And the dynamic across the team, you guy, you are

:20:26.:20:30.

friends? Yes. You know each other pretty well. I considered, I felt

:20:30.:20:36.

like the Americans and the Aussies got along. We Our teams probably

:20:36.:20:40.

get along better than the other teams. Because you know, we are big

:20:40.:20:45.

teams, like we have to be careful to not be too loud and joking and

:20:45.:20:48.

laughing, because when we do laugh all together, it is like, it is

:20:48.:20:54.

loud and even is "Oh, the stalians are being rude." That is the

:20:54.:20:58.

traditional rivalry but the field is broader. Ian vvings and I have

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been talking about swimming going more global. How do you feel about

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that? I believe it has, just with what, I think some of the

:21:07.:21:10.

performances of the last eight years have brought. I think Phelps

:21:10.:21:17.

has had a big hand in that. A spotlight has been pushs on the

:21:17.:21:23.

sport and it has made people more aware of what it is and then you

:21:23.:21:28.

get the stories and the people in it, and it becomes something that

:21:28.:21:33.

people have some kind of emotional investment. I am encouraged you are

:21:33.:21:35.

dressing so positively for the British summer we have here. Before

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we go to the studio. I was like, I am not sure what is going to happen.

:21:40.:21:43.

You have learned you can't be that risky. Quickly want to ask you

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about remember re, because you were watching that heat with us, how did

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she look to you? Happy. I am happy with her swim. I want to see her

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win tomorrow night when the final is on. Good signs. Post race

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interview, she said I wanted to go out, have a fast swim, you know

:22:01.:22:09.

didn't want to be in an outlied -- outside lane, she said I gave it my

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all, that is not really true, she wasn't puffing when she did the

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interview and she wasn't red. If she was red when she did the

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interview, all the blood has come to the surface, it is, your body is

:22:19.:22:24.

showing signs you are fatigued. of these clues. She was speaking

:22:24.:22:28.

and, all of the sentences made sense, which means you still have a

:22:28.:22:33.

bit of energy left. Which is a good place to be in terms of the fact

:22:33.:22:38.

she has her final. That was a great heat swim for her and be

:22:38.:22:42.

comfortable going into the final. And it, and have some confidence

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that she knows what she is doing here. Thank you both here. Let us

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see what the Aquatic Centre made of that swim. Claire. Fascinating.

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Becky would be a very good poker player, not in your stoney-face

:22:57.:23:02.

gives away nothing but in terms of looking bright and bubbly and under

:23:02.:23:05.

playing everything almost. knows she is in good form because

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the 4 hundred was good. We saw a confident swim in the morning, in a

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case of Ian saying put her in the middle lane, we have said and known

:23:15.:23:22.

it is about Lottie and Rebecca. They are going to go five, six

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seven seconds faster. She did want to show everything. One thoifpbgs

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she can do different is instead of swimming round the lane which sup

:23:30.:23:33.

one and down the other, like we down in training because you are

:23:33.:23:37.

following peep. She can go straight up and down the pool. That will

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shave hundreds. If you could get a message to her that is what you

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would say, swim up the middle. Follow the black line. We are

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talking fractions but we have seen races won and lost by fractions, I

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think these two will be hammer and tongs all the way through to the

:23:53.:23:58.

last 50 metre, they will be there side by side. I might send a tweet

:23:58.:24:01.

out. But if Lotte Friis follows me, which I don't think she does, she

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will see it. She looks great. If you see her in action, you love

:24:06.:24:10.

you see her in action, you love this hand shot. Yes. You can see

:24:10.:24:14.

the hands caressing the surface of the water. She gets the catch under

:24:14.:24:17.

the water. She has looked great. She has performed well, performed

:24:17.:24:22.

the best all year, she has been swimming in a few European races

:24:22.:24:27.

and trials and other competition, she has been the constant performer,

:24:27.:24:32.

this her main event. This is the one she sees herself as an 800

:24:32.:24:38.

swimmer, not a 400. But Lotte Friis, world silver medallist, Becky has

:24:38.:24:42.

everything to lose and Lottie has everything to gain in a sense but

:24:42.:24:45.

in is Becky's event, we know it, and she loves this event. She loves

:24:45.:24:50.

that pain at the end. That is why I think you hear her saying things

:24:50.:24:53.

that almost just take the attention away from what you have said from

:24:53.:24:57.

this being the big deal, because of course it s but she is going to

:24:57.:25:02.

come to the pool, support the other swimmer, she will distract herself

:25:02.:25:07.

from her own task. She will go back to the village, she will have a

:25:08.:25:12.

swim downstairs, she will have a bite to eat. Chill out, come down

:25:12.:25:16.

and support her team-mates, because she loves supporting them. She gets

:25:16.:25:20.

a huge lift off that. Get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow she will

:25:20.:25:25.

stay in her bed all day. Watch a bit of TV, watch other sport, maybe

:25:25.:25:28.

an an easy swim in the village before the final. She has 36 hours,

:25:28.:25:34.

she has a lot of time to gain that extra energy needed tomorrow, that

:25:34.:25:38.

was comfortable, she has to try. Eight minutes of swimming is hard,

:25:39.:25:44.

but she has a lot left in the bag. A bit left in the Tang. It will be

:25:44.:25:49.

a great Duel between her and Lotte Friis. We have more from here

:25:49.:25:53.

including Michael Phelps, but that you will see on BBC Three,

:25:53.:25:58.

including Elizabeth Simmonds in the backstroke. We will take you ban to

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Eton Dorney because there is rowing under way in a moment. But before

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we do that, some judo to catch up on, that is because Gemma Gibbons

:26:08.:26:13.

is up against Ramires of Portugal. This is all happening. So let us

:26:13.:26:23.
:26:23.:26:26.

25-year-old Londoner, Gemma Gibbons. Moved up to a new weight division

:26:26.:26:31.

at the start of the year. Has joined the than situation. She won

:26:31.:26:36.

a World Cup silver medal in Romania. She is up against a handy

:26:36.:26:43.

Portuguese. Ramires, 22nd in the world. Higher up the tree. Gemma is

:26:43.:26:46.

capable of winning this. They haven't fought before, but they

:26:46.:26:51.

have trained together on training camps, and I am sure Gemma will

:26:51.:26:54.

have studied her and will have a game plan here of what she has to

:26:54.:27:00.

do. Ramires in the blue, Gibbons in the white. She is from these parts

:27:00.:27:05.

she calls Greenwich home, just the other side of the Thames under the

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black wall tum or maybe over the river on the new flash cable car.

:27:09.:27:19.
:27:19.:27:42.

She makes her Olympic debut in her Olympic debut. She had a very good

:27:42.:27:52.
:27:52.:27:55.

Olympic Championship. She came 7th in Russia earlier in the year.

:27:55.:28:01.

Gemma has to watch the Portuguese dominating from that high grip.

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:28:11.:28:27.

Gemma Hope was introduced to the to the Judo Club. She has always

:28:27.:28:36.

wanted to beat an Olympian. Ramirez is just beating her to the punch at

:28:37.:28:41.

the minute. Her mother was consistently her biggest fan and

:28:41.:28:47.

inspiration but she died eight years ago now. Maybe some work she

:28:47.:28:53.

is watching her daughter Chamakh fighting at the London Olympics. --

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Gemma. Jemma Lowe Gibbons from London, from this neck of the woods.

:29:10.:29:17.

A great attempt to get a grip around the waist. Forces Ramirez

:29:17.:29:27.
:29:27.:29:30.

outside the area. Really taking the fight to the Portuguese fighter.

:29:30.:29:39.

Now she wants to get her hips in front. Excellent! She has done it!

:29:39.:29:49.
:29:49.:29:50.

She smashed the Portuguese to the floor with an ippon. All she has

:29:50.:29:54.

ever wanted to be is an Olympian. She never dreamed she would mark

:29:54.:30:04.
:30:04.:30:05.

her debut with an ippon. fantastic way to start you're

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Olympic campaign. That is how she means to continue. No room for a

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smiling yet. There is still business to be done. But this will

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do. She gets that leg across. And there is the turn.

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Into the red zone. And the red light for the Portuguese. Green

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light for the Portuguese. Green light for Great Britain.

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So she goes through it now to the last 16 in judo competition.

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Earlier we saw James Austen being knocked out. And jemmied Gibbons is

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continuing in the competition and we will show you that Leger Ron on

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BBC One. Back at Eton Dorney we are building up to the next lot of

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races happening in around 20 minutes. John Inverdale has been

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speaking to the man's four after they won their semi-final. For a

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change let's start with an X. What were the tactics? The plan was to

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go out and do our own race and concentrate on what we have been

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working on and improving from the heat. I think we did that and we

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had a really good race, we did what we had to do which is to make the

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final. It is my first Olympic final so I'm pleased with that. Did it

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matter that he won that he'd? Certainly. I think it did matter.

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It puts us in a better lane for the final. I'm pleased that we drew

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Australia. They think it was important for us. It is not done

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yet and we need to concentrate on what we're doing. Almost the same

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question again to Tom. We were discussing earlier what the tactics

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would be and if there would be a lot of cat and mouse and people

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just trying to keep something in reserve. When the race finished,

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you rode off as quickly as you could. How much did any of us learn

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about what could happen on Saturday from today?

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Well we did the race and it was always going to be tough. Any group

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for says it was easy would be lying. But we were confident, we held it

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together from the first minute. But were under no illusions that the

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hardest job is still to come. I'm sure that people will appreciate

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that as well. And it is not just a straight left. Strange things can

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happen in finals. We need to make sure that we focus. We do have room

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for improvement. But hopefully we will put that right tomorrow and

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the day after. No matter how confident you were before the semi-

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final, are you more con finished now? Absolutely. -- more confident

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now. It was a great semi-final. To date was a great crowd pleaser. The

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crowds were amazing. And if there's anything that we will meet in the

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final, that will help get that last inch out of us. So really proud to

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be British and looking forward to Saturday.

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You're all been cagey and we would expect that because it is the big

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showdown on Saturday. Recovered know what you're saying but we're

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not saying it. So just a last question, it is your first Olympics,

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Europe in the final. Your first Olympic Games. What does that mean

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to you? It is the only race that matters now. Everything we have

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done previously, the slate is wiped clean for this next race. You see a

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unexpected results in the Olympic finals was that so we have to make

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sure that in two days' time we are totally focused on what we're doing.

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We will give it our best shot. You cannot say more than that. It is

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very exciting. And that final takes place on

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Saturday. It is a boat with so much history for Great Britain. So it

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has been an action-packed morning. We also had the swimming heats

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including a great performance from Rebecca Adlington as she gears up

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for her final. A will lead you in the safe hands of Matt Baker as our

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coverage continues. It was such a shame for Kristian Thomas yesterday.

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If he had nailed that and done exactly the same as he has done and

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qualification, he would have got silver. Well he already made us

:35:48.:35:53.

proud. And I'm sure a lot of children are watching the gymnasts

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